“Laocai is located in the north of Vietnam and has an area of 6,383.9 square kilometres. It borders the provinces of Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Sơn La, and Lai Chau, as well as the province of Yunnan, China. While Laocai is drained by over 100 rivers, the main river that bisects Laocai is the Red River, the most significant river of northern Vietnam, which flows out of China towards the capital Hanoi.”
“The Hoàng Liên National Park is located within Laocai and was upgraded from a nature reserve in 2006. It covers an area of 24.66 square kilometres. The park contains heavy forests and a rich biodiversity, although because of agricultural production of ginger and other land uses, today only about 12 kilometres of the park is forested.”
“The beauty of the ancient rice terraces of Vietnam’s Sapa was unknown until the 1880s. The Sapa rice terraces are believed to date primarily from the 15th Century, but while development threatens some of the terraces others are still being built and cultivated. Up until 1993 Sapa Town was just a market town where the various hill tribes would gather to trade.”
Roof of Indochina, queen of mountains
Fansipan is a mountain in Laocai, Vietnam. The height of the mountain was 3,143 metres in 1909, but now the height of the mountain is 3,147.3 metres. It is the highest mountain in the Indochinese Peninsula. Fansipan was formed around 250 – 260 million years ago, between the Permian period in the Paleozoic era and the Triassic period in the Mesozoic era.